Category Archives: Season 1

2017-19 Academic Years

The Future of the Free Press – Dame Frances Cairncross



Dame Frances Cairncross, former columnist for The Guardian, senior editor at The Economist, and head of Exeter College at Oxford University, discusses her long career and the recent review of high quality journalism she produced for the British government in February of 2019, the Cairncross Report.


Digging Deeper in Butte, Montana – Dr. Brian Leech



Dr. Leech is an environmental historian who has lately shifted his focus towards mining history. In Butte, Montana a particularly interesting vein of mining history is uncovered. Maria Wood and Charles Nawara interview Dr. Leech about his work on the effects of open pit mining in the community of Butte, as well as the repercussions of safety magazines issue by the Anaconda Mining Company to its workers.


Leisure and Death – Dr. Adam Kaul



Dr. Adam Kaul, an associate Professor of Anthropology at Augustana College, delves into the collaborative work on his newest publication: Leisure and Death. Exploring the way dark tourism has evolved, specifically in Ireland at the cliffs of Moher, Kaul analyzes how the intersection of leisure activities and death has shaped the surrounding area and even his own ideas about dying.


Armwrestling With Giants – Dr. Ian Davis



Does the media portray biased information? Dr. Ian Davis dives into the ideas behind modern news and media in the United States. His disappointment in the way news was covered in the early 2000s lit the flame that would shape his career and start his political activism.

“Lives of the Mind” explores the passions and pursuits of liberal arts professors. It is sponsored by Augustana’s Austin E. Knowlton Honors Program, which aims to enhance the college’s mission as a liberal arts institution through an interdisciplinary course of study as well as by cultivating intellectual curiosity and encouraging lifelong learning.


Visualizing the Unseen – Kelvin Mason



Kelvin Mason explores what influences him in creating art to help visualize matter that we can not see with the naked eye.

“Lives of the Mind” explores the passions and pursuits of liberal arts professors. It is sponsored by Augustana’s Austin E. Knowlton Honors Program, which aims to enhance the college’s mission as a liberal arts institution through an interdisciplinary course of study as well as by cultivating intellectual curiosity and encouraging lifelong learning.


The Beauty of Insects – Dr. Tierney Brosius



Dr. Tierney Brosius discusses tenacity, insect ecology, and conservation biology. Can an insect’s perceived beauty or ugliness affect our willingness to allow it to go extinct?

“Lives of the Mind” explores the passions and pursuits of liberal arts professors. It is sponsored by Augustana’s Austin E. Knowlton Honors Program, which aims to enhance the college’s mission as a liberal arts institution through an interdisciplinary course of study as well as by cultivating intellectual curiosity and encouraging lifelong learning.